The Irish Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS) has warned that the recent conviction of a beautician performing illegal Botox treatments has highlighted the need for more regulations.
“How many times must we ask for more regulation before there is a fatality?,” asked the ISAPS in response to the news. Dr Margaret O’Donnell, president of ISAPS, said that unqualified people had been offering cosmetic injectable treatments for far too long, despite repeated petitions from ISAPS and other professional bodies.
“Vulnerable people are being damaged because the authorities, for reasons we cannot understand, will not regulate the industry better and enforce what regulations there are,” said Dr O’Donnell.
“We have issued warning after warning about unqualified and untrained people performing procedures that should require years of training,” she said. “If you don’t understand the anatomy of what’s going on under the skin; if you haven’t studied the pharmacy behind every aspect of what a filler or ‘Botox’-type products can do to the body, then you are putting patients at risk.”